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WAO Medical Book Review

Current Problems in Dermatology, Vol. 33: Biofunctional Textiles and the Skin
Series Editor: G. Burg
Volume Editors: U.-C. Hipler, P. Elsner

List Price: $180.00 USD
Available From: Karger Publishers

James Young Joon Choi, MBBS FRACP
Allergist and Clinical Immunologist
Westmead Hospital Dermatology Registrar

Biofunctional textiles are a new and exciting scientific field established to create fabrics which have the potential to treat or prevent diseases. Much of this update focuses on the area of antimicrobial silver textiles – the biological properties of silver, the new methods of incorporating it into resilient seaweed based fibers, and its anticipated uses in the medical field – from preventing nosocomial infections to treating atopic dermatitis.

This book effectively combines and presents the current state of knowledge on silver antimicrobial fabrics from the perspectives of three disciplines – the microbiologist, the textile engineer, and the dermatologist.

Researchers and clinicians interested in infection control, atopic dermatitis, chronic wounds and burns will find this book a very useful introduction and summary of what is currently possible in antimicrobial textiles.

Each chapter begins with a succinct abstract. Although most figures are in black and white, they are of high quality. Charts and tables are well designed and clearly presented. All chapters conclude with a list of references. The index is detailed and useful. Overall, I felt that although the book could be read from front to cover, each chapter was in its own right self contained and could be read alone or out of order.

This book is an exciting introduction into the rapidly evolving science of antimicrobial textiles. It is a very useful and up-to-date synopsis for any practitioner dealing with atopic dermatitis, and emphasizes what can be possible when there is collaboration between a medical discipline (Clinic for Dermatology and Dermatological Allergology at the Clinic of the Friedrich Schiller University at Jena) and a non-medical industry (the German Textile Research Centre North-West, Krefeld).